While the Myrtle Beach area’s temperate coastal climate allows golf to be enjoyed here year-round, many local golfers say spring is the best time to get into the swing of the sport – because that’s when the Grand Strand’s 100-plus golf courses are in full bloom and at their most beautiful, it’s when the temperatures are at their most comfortable, and it’s when the peak summer crowds have yet to make their way to the Grand Strand.
And at The Strand Resort, located on the Atlantic oceanfront just minutes from the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, we’ve got a range of comfortable accommodations and amazing amenities – including a free hot breakfast on each day of your stay – to keep you and your golfing buddies happy. We’ve even got friendly and knowledgeable staff members who are specially trained to help you plan the perfect Grand Strand golf getaway.
So, to score a hole-in-one with a resort that puts you within easy reach of some of the Grand Strand’s top golf courses, consider The Strand Resort and these nearby layouts:
Pine Lakes Country Club – Known as “The Granddaddy,” this 18-hole, par-70 course located less than 2.5 miles north of The Strand was established in 1927 as Myrtle Beach’s first layout. Renowned golf course architect Robert White, also famous for being the PGA’s first president, designed the course, which features freshwater lakes, rolling fairways, and an elegant clubhouse featuring Southern architecture that encapsulates the hospitality and history associated with golf on the Grand Strand. A complete renovation in the late 2000s took the course from its original 27 holes to its current 18, with the back nine maintaining much of its original design while the front nine was given a more significant facelift. The course is also home to the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, which honors the men and women credited with turning Myrtle Beach into the Golf Capital of the World.
World Tour Golf Links – This 18-hole layout gives players a taste of some of the world’s greatest golf courses, all without any need for a passport. Located just 15 minutes inland from The Strand Resort, the course offers a globe-trotting tour that includes replicas of Augusta National’s “Amen Corner,” the famed No. 18 from The Old Course at St. Andrews (complete with its own Swilcan Bridge) and the challenging 18th hole at Inverness, which Jack Nicklaus once called “the hardest hole I ever played.” Other courses replicated in the layout include Pine Valley, Pinehurst, English Turn, Cypress Point, Royal Troon and Bay Hill, just to name a few. Named National Golf Course of the Year in 2008, World Tour Golf Links is a must-visit for golfers who want to get a feel for some of the world’s most renowned holes without ever leaving home.
Whispering Pines Golf Course – Situated less than 5 miles south of The Strand Resort (and right next to Myrtle Beach International Airport for vacationers looking to squeeze in a quick round before flying home), this 6,771-yard, par-72 course offers 18 challenging holes carved into 200 beautiful acres of towering pines and hardwoods. Designed by course architects Finger, Dye and Spann with a careful eye toward preserving the native landscape, Whispering Pines provides players a true taste of the original Myrtle Beach golf with its tree-lined fairways, strategically placed lakes and undulating greens.
These are just a few of the stunning and award-winning golf layouts found along the Grand Strand and in the Golf Capital of the World. So book your getaway at The Strand Resort today, pack your golf bag, and head for Myrtle Beach – there’s no better place to swing into spring!